Need quick help re primer under exterior stain?
We had to have all the paint on our 1930 house taken back to original wood (cedar). We've decided to (solid) stain it. The painter says all you need is two coats of stain, no primer.
At the paint store, however, the shop owner is saying we most definitely do need a primer -- oil based, to go under the water-based stain.
i will say that test areas on the clapboard, with just two coats of stain, aren't exactly great. the finish is dull and i can see through to some of the sanding swirls underneath.
anyway ... what do i do and who is right?